Happy Throwback Thursday! I was planning on writing a retrospective about the top climate entries of the previous blogging year today, but I decided a different kind of throwback was in order. Just as I do for "The End of Suburbia," I have a version of the worksheet for "Treasures of the Earth: Power" that my geology students fill out as they watch the show. It's shorter, as it's missing the prompts for Commoner's Laws and values, as well as three questions from the Environmental Science version replaced by one for the geology students. Follow over the jump to read the worksheet.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
Watch The End of Suburbia on reserve at the library. For twenty points, answer the questions in the worksheet, which is in the lecture notes. For ten more points, write a one-page essay comparing and contrasting the problems and solutions described in The End of Suburbia with those in Treasures of the Earth: Power. Include how optimistic the two shows are about the solutions.
Program description from PBS: Drill down to discover the treasures beneath our feet that power our world. Fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–powered the industrial revolution and allowed us to build a way of life that many cherish today. Personal cars, planes, lights, hot showers–all of these are gifts from our fossil fuels… but they have a dirty dark side in that they are polluting the planet. What is it about these natural resources that has allowed them to fuel our civilization? What secrets are locked in their molecules? Where did that energy come from, and can we find alternative energy resources that come in a cleaner form? The hunt is on for new treasures that might allow us to power our modern way of life without damaging the environment. Join NOVA as we explore the resources that both power and pollute, from modern-day oil prospecting in California, to a mega-city utility company struggling to keep the lights on during hot summer days, to China where an engineer strives to solve one of the greatest obstacles to the success of solar power. Travel the globe to see how our energy treasures are changing—and if they can keep the lights on.
I plan on sticking with my scheduled topic for tomorrow's entry, nominations for "The Last Jedi" at the Saturn Awards for Star Wars Day. Stay tuned.